Frog Music

Frog Music

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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Emma Donoghue's explosive new novel, based on an unsolved murder.Summer of 1876. San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice'if he doesn't track her down first.The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.In thrilling, cinematic style, Frog Music digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other.
Publisher: Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audio ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2014, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781478982487
Characteristics: 1 online resource (12 hr., 43 min.)
Additional Contributors: Hvam, Khristine
Blackstone Audio, Inc

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mogie
Apr 24, 2017

I wasn't super compelled to listen to this book or find out what was going to happen. I didn't really connect with any of the characters. Maybe they were all too flawed? I felt like I lost interest at some parts but then concentrated on it again. It was an ok listen. That being said, I thought the narrator did an amazing job.

NearlyBaird Feb 19, 2017

The narrator did an exceptional job on the audiobook. Accents really add to the book experience. Story is beautifully constructed and layered. Characters were rounded and a satisfying ending. Would recommend!

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Eosos
Dec 07, 2016

I give up at 50%. I can't go on listening to Blanche do this and Blanche care about this or not care about this, whatever the case may be. Sure there is a murder, and it's of a fascinating sounding woman who gets thrown in prison for wearing men's clothing, who hunts frogs for a living and rides a penny farthing, that she stole. But do we get to learn anything about her?? Nope, not much. Just Blanche's rather minuscule observations of what she considers her bad attitude and behaviour.
And holy Hanna, but I don't care about the baby, I don't care whether Blanche is a good or bad mother and I don't care about her complicated feelings for her child, how the hell did a historical fiction book about the murder of a cross dressing, frog hunting, bicycle riding woman turn into a book about a french circus performer turned whore's child rearing abilities.
So I'm done, curiosity about the ending be damned, I've got better books to read.

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FVReader
Sep 30, 2016

I found that this story had not much to do with the premise of the outline. Sure, there's a murder but it's not what this book is about. It's about Blanche; just Blanche. No matter what happened in the storyline, it became about how it affected Blanche.
I find Blanche a self-pitying, obnoxious, self-centered woman. I don't have to like the characters in a book, so this didn't play into my rating. But it got eye-rollingly annoying how much Blanche thought only of herself and how all the events are about her.....including the murder.
The premise of the murder and it's solution aren't realistic. This is a true-life unsolved murder. Emma Donoghue's story-behind-the-murder isn't realistic or interesting.
The dialogue is mostly unnecessary and deals with "chit chat" not the story.
The interspersed songs and ditties did nothing to enchant or enhance. They were page fillers. Neither Blanche nor Jenny are singers....why would they constantly be breaking into song? Sure, Jenny likes a good drinking ditty but they don't need to be peppered throughout the book.
Emma Donaghue can write a good story, as seen with Room. I'm not sure what happened to this one.

bookishdl Apr 10, 2016

On the whole, I loved this audiobook. The characters were brought to life by the author and narrator. There were moments when I felt some areas were repeated and the ending seemed to drag a little but I loved the author's take on who she thought was the murderer.

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KSerá
Jan 05, 2015

I've really liked other novels by this author, but this one so repetative, and the most interesting character dies early on and very little is revealed about her.

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